The ROZBARK Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre is delighted to invite everyone to the tenth premiere in the history of the Bern-based Pink Mama Theatre led by Sławek Bendrat and Dominik Krawiecki. Their piece, titled Olimpiada (The Olympics) was produced in collaboration with the ROZBARK Theatre. The Polish premiere of the work will take place at the seat of the ROZBARK Theatre in Bytom (ul. Kilara 29), on Saturday, 12 November (7 pm), while the preview presentation of the work will take place on 10 November at the Studio Theatre in Warsaw (7 pm) as part of the Studio Dance Scene. Our readers have a chance to win invitations to each presentation. Those wishing to attend the events should write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the title of one of the pink Mama Theatre?s previous works presented in Poland. Also stated in the e-mail should be the show you wish to attend.
About the piece:
I wonder. Imagine if a rational being came back to earth, wouldn’t he be liable to get ideas into his head if he observed us long enough.
Samuel Beckett: Endgame
Two retired criminals and ex-lovers, Bonnie Parker (played by Marek Wieczorek) and Clyde Borrow (Dominik Krawiecki) reunite after many years, planning their one last scam together. They organize a sporting event thanks to which they are to procure one million dollars. Four heroes: a gymnast (Izabela Orzełkowska), a footballer (Artur Bieńkowski), a wrestler (Tomek Pomersbach), a swimmer (Sławek Bendrat), accompanied by the competition host and audience favourite Candy (Valentin markus Oppermann), drench in sweat, fighting fo the main prize. For nearly two hours, the stage ?which resembles a boxing ring or a circus arena?hosts ruthless clowns-tyrants who are driven solely by greed. With wild, if not hateful satisfaction evocative of two spoiled boys at a gaming salon, the two crooks play with, and manipulate, the naive, passionate, desperate athletes.
This criminal story is merely a framework for a discussion of the condition of contemporary humans and the world. Paraphrasing Shakespear, the authors liken the stadium to a stage, revealing what lies behind the scenes in the Olympic Games machine. The simile which brings together the theatre and the stadium, the artist and the athlete, seems not unfounded. A common goal ? performing in front of the live audience, preceded by long, painstaking preparation, corporeality balancing on the edge of one?s psychophysical capacities, and an attempt to transcend them for the sake of a higher idea ?all these aspects no doubt render the worlds of theatre and sport similar to one another.
Concept and direction: Sławek Bendrat i Dominik Krawiecki
Choreography and costumes: Sławek Bendrat
Dramaturgy and stage design: Dominik Krawiecki
Starring: Sławek Bendrat, Artur Bieńkowski (guest appearance), Dominik Krawiecki,
Valentin Markus Oppermann, Izabela Orzełowska, Tomek Pomersbach, Marek Wieczorek
Photos: Monika Chmielarz
Video and screenings: Ewa Poddig in collaboration with Magda Idaszewska
Production manager: Angelika Rohrer
Lighting design consultant: Andac Karabeyoglu
Produced by the Pink Mama Theatre and the Canton and City of Bern, in collaboration with Grosse Halle in Bern, the ToJo Theater in Bern and the Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre ROZBARK.
Duration: 120 minutes (no breaks).
World premiere: 24 September 2016, Grosse Halle, Bern, Switzerland
Polish preview presentation: 10 November 2016, Studio Theatre, Warsaw (Studio Dance Stage 2016)
Polish premiere: 12 November 2016, Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre ROZBARK in Bytom
Company website: www.pinkmamatheatre.com
Tickets for the Bytom show: PLN 30 (reduced tickets), PLN 40 (full price tickets). The seats are not numbered
Tickets for the Warsaw show may be purchased at the Studio Theatre cash desk and online at the Theatre?s website: www.teatrstudio.pl